When a Rogue Meets His Match by Elizabeth Hoyt
December 1, 2020, by Forever
Reviewed by Angela
I didn’t love Not the Duke’s Darling, the first book in the Greycourt series. Between all the plot threads, side stories, and backstories it was just A LOT. But I was intrigued by the Greycourt family and I really love this author, so I decided to give book two a go. I’m very glad I did.
When a Rogue Meets His Match features Messalina Greycourt, a beautiful, vivacious woman who’s family is pretty much in shambles after a tragedy that killed her older sister years before. She is now at the mercy of her dastardly evil uncle and becomes a pawn in a game between him and his henchman, Gideon Hawthorne.
Gideon was born in St. Giles and worked his way out of that life by going to work for the Duke of Windemere doing whatever was requested of him, no matter how vile. The only thing he’s really ever wanted is to be financially secure, to be accepted by society, and to have Messalina as his wife. So when her hand in marriage is offered by Windmere as a bribe to do one last task before he leaves the Duke’s employ, he can’t say no.
I am a SUCKER for a good anti-hero and Gideon was one of the best I’ve read in quite a while. I was bewitched by him from the opening scene where he fights off a couple of highwaymen and then jumps back into the carriage, like no big deal. This is an enemies-to-lovers, forced marriage romance, and even though you don’t want to like a man who takes a wife under these circumstances, you just can’t help yourself.
I read this book in a matter of hours, unable to put it down or think about anything else. The chemistry between this couple is palpable, I couldn’t wait to see how long it would take them to give in to their feelings for each other. And when they do it is pure fire.
If I have any complaints, it’s that two of the major plot threads are wrapped up quite quickly at the end. It felt a bit rushed. There is still a whole lot of backstory and plot points, but I do feel like I wasn’t overwhelmed by all that was going on like I was in the first book in the series. I also feel When a Rogue Meets His Match can be read as a stand-alone, just in case y’all missed its predecessor and don’t feel like going back.
I am very much looking forward to seeing where this series goes next. The Greycourt siblings are so intriguing and I’m interested to find out what really happened the night of their sister’s death. The third book in the series releases in the fall of 2021.
Final grade- B+